arhyalon (arhyalon) wrote,

Have you Vetted your favorite politician? How are his legs? What about his Colic?

The word "vetted" is everywhere, and everyone uses it as if they know what they are talking about...even though I'd never heard it until recently. But when I asked friends, even the kind who usually know their stufft, none of them knew where the word came from or what it really meant (other than the obvious.) So, I decided to look it up.

This is what I found:

        To vet was originally a horse-racing term, referring to the requirement that a horse be
checked for health and soundness by a veterinarian before being allowed to race.
                                                                                   (Wikipedia, but I confirmed it elsewhere, too)

Horse-racing term...says a lot about our current politicians (on both sides) doesn't it?
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